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06-11-12, 10:40 PM
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In a newly-approved patent (https://torrentfreak.com/anti-piracy-patent-prevents-students-from-sharing-books-120610/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Torrentfreak+%28Torrentfreak% 29), an economics professor hopes to bring to the academic publishing world what seems to be forthcoming (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2012/01/how-the-next-xbox-could-stop-you-from-playing-used-games/) in the video game industry (http://arstechnica.com/gaming/2012/01/kingdoms-of-amalurs-online-pass-continues-a-slippery-slope-for-used-games/)‚??new restrictions that would seemingly eliminate a secondary market for digital goods and prevent legal borrowing.

Last week, the 2006 patent (http://www.patentgenius.com/patent/8195571.html) for a ‚??Web-based system and method to capture and distribute royalties for access to copyrighted academic texts by preventing unauthorized access to discussion boards associated with copyrighted academic works‚?? was approved by the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The patent was granted to Joseph Henry Vogel (http://josephhenryvogel.com/home.html), a professor at the University of Puerto Rico-R√*o Piedras (http://www.uprrp.edu/).

The system, according to the filing, is designed to prevent ‚??unauthorized access to copyrighted academic texts is provided in which trademark licenses, discussion boards, and grade content are integrated into a Web-based system.‚??

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